WWJD? Take healthcare away from millions of people, of course! Well, at least according to one TEApublican lawmaker.
As reported by FreakOutNation and CNN, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan apparently believes that, despite the unlikeliness of the Senate or the President even considering passing the House’s version of the temporary spending bill that was just passed, Jesus will step in and enlighten them all as to the fact that removing what little funding of the Affordable Care Act is represented in the stop-gap bill is the ‘right thing’ to do. Yes, according to Representative Jordan, Jesus wants us to take away millions of Americans’ best hope to have affordable health insurance and not be on the verge of bankruptcy due to exorbitant healthcare costs.
There is so much TEApublican ignorance and naivete in his statement that it’s hard to know where to start. First, let’s get this one out of the way: no, the Democrats in the Senate and the President will not be signing this into law. The President has already stated on multiple occasions that it isn’t going to happen. It’s a pipe dream predicated on the assumption that as long as the Right sticks to their guns, then the Left will have to cave. I don’t know if any of them have ever taken a course in civics, or whether any of them paid attention at any point in school, but a compromise is not, ‘You do what we want or else.’ It’s infuriating to hear the Right talk about mandates from the people or representing “the people” when in reality there is no such thing.
When looking at the census data for Presidential elections over the last 60 years the largest “majority” reached in any of them was Lyndon Johnson’s 61.1%, meaning even in that election he still didn’t represent even 2/3rds of the total population of the country. The difference between now and then is that now everyone elected thinks they have some kind of mandate. ‘I represent at best only half of the country, but because my friends in the State legislature gerrymandered the districts in a way that guarantees that I couldn’t possibly lose, I have a mandate from the people t represent their views!’ No Mr. Jordan, you represent your district, including the nearly 25% who voted Democratic, so it behooves you to not ignore anyone who disagrees with you just because you could literally insult them and probably still be re-elected.
Second, as far as Jesus is concerned, I know that the far Right has themselves convinced that their policies reflect the views of their Lord and Savior, but they’re delusional. We explored the topic briefly here, but to avoid going off on a tangent about all the myriad of ways in which what Jesus actually said has absolutely nothing to do with the Tea Party platform beyond its diametrical opposition, we’ll just say that the word of Jesus paraphrased was to help each other and did not discriminate between whether that assistance comes from a government or not.
As you are no doubt aware, the Republicans just also voted to cut $40 billion from food stamps, which goes to show that as far as they are concerned, Jesus was a staunch individualist who said that people should take care of themselves and their own and ignore anyone outside of their group. The Right will point out that Republicans give more money to charities than Democrats do, but they kind of have to since their states are continually cutting funding to help the disadvantaged. They may give to their local church, or to help those in their own small communities, but the Left wants to help everyone, everywhere. So to get back to the point, the Jesus of the Right is not the Jesus that the rest of the world recognizes. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Jesus is more likely to help convince the Tea Party that they don’t know anything about him, than to help them get the Senate or the President to vote for their spending bill. That is if he ever actually personally did those sorts of things.